Active & Outdoor Shop

The latest creation from our in-house design team—a collection of minimalist-aesthetic, technically advanced activewear called BPM—is like a Transformer: more than meets the eye.

To better understand how BPM can improve your workout, we asked our colleagues to break down the hard-to-spot but high-impact details (based on anatomical concepts like biomimicry and muscle mapping) that put BPM’s affordable gear—starting at just $35—a step ahead.

Keep reading to see behind-the-scenes sketches of four key items and hear insights from Paul Glynn, a Senior Director of Design for Nordstrom Product Group.

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Reflecting on the rough weather thus far in 2014, and our New Year’s resolution to get some fresh air in spite of it, we decided to take a closer look at one of our favorite outdoor brands: The North Face.

You probably know that The North Face protects you from frigid conditions so that you can enjoy all manner of al fresco pursuits—from extreme sports to a corner-store beer run—in comfort and style. You might also guess that the brand has outfitted explorers, researchers, and daredevils on journeys to the furthest (and highest) reaches of the planet, from the Arctic Circle to Mount Everest. But did you know The North Face’s roots reach back to 1960s San Francisco, and that The Grateful Dead helped launch the brand’s first store?

Keep reading to learn more about The North Face’s nearly five-decade history of counterculture, innovation and environmentalism.

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By now, you know that our in-store Personal Stylists are always available to assist you in selecting perfect gifts or constructing killer looks for work and weekend. Today, we’ll show how a Personal Stylist can help maximize your workout routine, too—with style points to spare. Without further ado, we’ll hand it over to Marc Slenske, a Nordstrom Stylist in Arizona:

“With the New Year comes new energy—and nothing energizes me more than getting in a great workout. For starters, I have to feel my best in order to do my best. Here are my 6 essentials whether at the gym or out on the trail.”

1. A Solid Base Layer. “To control body temperature and moisture, especially on these cooler January days, quality performance fabric is a must.” [Shop: Under Armour HeatGear Long-Sleeve T-shirt]

2. Adrenaline-Pumping Tunes. “Being a drummer, nothing pumps me up more than some awesome beats. These headphones hug the ear better than any other sports headphones, and deliver crystal-clear sound.” [Shop: Beats by Dre]

3. All-Terrain Trainers. “The most important part of feeling good during a workout is to have the right shoe. This running shoe is my all-time favorite shoe to workout in. It’s flexible with a glove-like fit; not to mention lightweight. Whether it be CrossFit, a road run, or power lifting, this is the best shoe.” [Shop: Nike ‘Free Run+ 3’]

4. Short Report. “Living in Arizona, I’m still able to pull out my favorite shorts even in January!
These are comfy and easy shorts to throw on during any season of the year.”
[Shop Under Armour: HeatGear Shorts | Knit Shorts—shown above]

5. Proper Cushioning. “A lightweight, no-show sock is a must.”
[Shop: Under Armour HeatGear® Socks]

[Also shown above, all by Under Armour]: 
Long-Sleeve T-Shirt (same as black one above; available in 6 colors)
‘O Series’ Boxer Briefs | Under Armour Loose-Fit Hoodie

6. The Aftermath. “It’s important to prioritize the recovery period after a workout. I try to keep hydrated [Ed. note: Check out Klean Kanteen], and I always shower with this eucalyptus shower scrub; it rejuvenates your muscles and keeps them on par for your next workout.” [Shop: Jack Black Body Rehab Scrub & Muscle Soak]


Get in touch with Marc. If you find yourself in Arizona and could use a hand, drop Marc a line:


Or, find a Personal Stylist near you—and browse more workout gear:



Stop us if this sounds familiar: Amongst the endless Facebook stream of mundane anecdotes and pics of quasi-cute kids, one ‘friend’ consistently surprises with casually snapped masterpieces. Around Nordstrom HQ, that person is Toby, our E-commerce Creative Director. Having relocated fairly recently from Dallas, he’s wasted no time exploring the Great Northwest that surrounds our Seattle headquarters. Here are some breathtaking highlights from his Facebook/Instagram feed—click images to enlarge, and scroll down for Toby’s gear picks from the Nordstrom Men’s Shop.


Steel Your Resolve. The man behind the images above insists he’s an amateur hiker—but that hasn’t stopped him from taking in some world-class scenery. If 2013 finds you resolved to get some exercise, fresh air, and killer snapshots to prove it happened, here are Toby’s gear picks from our Active & Outdoor Shop to get you started:

Helly Hansen Half-Zip. “A base layer that works: wicks away moisture and packs up easy.” [shop]
Burton Knit Cap. “Perfect for your friends to spot you when you’re separated.” [shop]
Randolph Engineering Polarized Shades. “Lightweight and classic aviator style.” [shop]

The North Face ‘E-Tip’ Gloves. “Snap iPhone photos without taking your gloves off.” [shop]
ECCO ‘Biom Hike’ Boot. “Waterproof and a good traction sole are must-haves for hiking.” [shop]
The North Face Backpack. “Solid, holds everything, and lightweight—perfect for a day trip.” [shop]


[Toby: amateur hiker, professional-grade Instagrammer.]


For more killer gear to kick-start your New Year’s Resolutions,

…And to figure out where you’re headed, check out
National Geographic’s best trails at home and abroad.

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